March 12, 2009 By Wayne Hanson
The bill would establish a basic standard of security for soft targets of hate crimes and terrorism, such as schools, places of worship, government buildings, and hospitals." -- California Assemblyman Joel Anderson (pictured)
Wednesday, California Assemblyman Joel Anderson introduced AB 255, which would require online mapping services such as Google Earth or Virtual Earth to blur aerial or satellite views of churches, schools, government or medical buildings. The bill would also prohibit the maps from providing street-level views of such facilities. Violators would be charged with a crime, assessed a penalty of $250,000 per day and given a prison term. A note on Anderson's Web site says the bill is "a public safety bill that would establish a basic standard of security for soft targets of hate crimes and terrorism, such as schools, places of worship, government buildings, and hospitals."
All over the country, community leaders are looking to boost economic development through various initiatives. One key element in many of those initiatives is the use of information technology. When local governments build IT infrastructure, create e-government applications, assist high-tech startups or otherwise focus on technology, they create conditions that draw businesses to their communities and help retain skilled workers. This paper discusses and provides examples of these various ways local government can use technology to ultimately make a community more attractive to businesses, visitors and residents.